Jiffy Cornbread Hush Puppies

Jiffy cornbread hush puppies are a favorite side dish and are the perfect combination with BBQ sandwiches, fried fish, or even sausage.

The southern hush puppies recipe is super easy to make and is packed full of flavor.

Homemade Hush Puppies

Hush puppies in a basket with red and white checked paper

It’s a great day to learn how to make Jiffy Cornbread Hush Puppies, and it’s a quick and easy recipe that is perfect for barbecues, parties, and potlucks that the whole family will love.

Jiffy Cornbread Hush Puppies – A Golden Brown Side Dish

Jiffy Muffin Mix has a ton of uses, from cornbread, casseroles, corn dogs, meatloaf, cornbread casserole, and the list goes on.

Starting with Jiffy makes recipes a lot easier, and they are a super-fast recipe to whip up, cook, and serve.

The tasty hush puppies combine the flavors of buttermilk, sweet onion, and Jiffy Corn Muffin Mix for a delicious, flavorful, and homemade dish.

If you love cornbread, give Jiffy corn pudding a try, with creamed and whole-kernel corn. Or, add some of Grandma Browns Baked Beans from Adventures of a Nurse on the side of your hush puppies.

What Do I Need To Make The Jiffy Cornbread Hush Puppies?

Full printable recipe with measurements, instructions, and daily values listed at the bottom of the post in the recipe card.

Southern hush puppies in a basket with red and white checkered tissue.

My First Experience With Southern Hush Puppies

I first tried hush puppies years ago at a restaurant in west Tennessee that overlooked a fish pond, and from the first moment, I tried them, I was in love with them.

The side dish is known for being a staple in the South.

Of course, at the time, I was a youngin’ and didn’t even consider making them at home, but I am so glad I had plenty more occasions to give them a try.

Taking a bite out of a hush puppy

What’s In A Hush Puppy?

Hushpuppies are usually made up of cornmeal, eggs, milk, onions, and flour; however, many people like to add corn, garlic, jalapeños, fish, red peppers, and so much more.

Once you make up the hush puppies, you fry them in hot oil or a deep fryer until they are crispy and golden brown on the outside, moist and fluffy on the inside, and full of flavor.

What Do I Serve With The Side Dish?

You can really serve hush puppies with anything, but most people serve them with fish, sandwiches, barbecue, crab, hamburgers, southern salmon patties, or just about anything you can think of.

I’ve had readers ask for an old fashioned hush puppy recipe, and this is really the same basic recipe, but with the use of Jiffy Corn Muffin Mix.

A pile of hush puppies in a basket

Step-By-Step Instructions for Jiffy Cornbread Hush Puppies

Jiffy Corn Muffin Mix in a glass bowl

Firstly, add the Jiffy cornbread box mix to a large bowl.

Jiffy Corn Muffin Mix and an egg in a glass bowl.

Secondly, add an egg to the Jiffy mix.

Corn muffin mix, an egg, and flour in a glass bowl.

Thirdly, add some self-rising flour to the bowl.

Diced onions, cornbread mix, flour, and an egg in a glass bowl.

Fourthly, throw in the diced onions. I used a sweet onion in this mix.

The Jiffy Corn Muffin Mix is already a tad sweet, but using a sweet onion didn’t make it too sweet; however, if you’d rather use a common onion, you can, and it will taste just as wonderful!

Pouring buttermilk into a glass bowl with hush puppy ingredients.

Fifthly, pour the buttermilk into the bowl.

You can use milk or buttermilk, the choice is up to you, but I personally love the flavor that buttermilk adds to the recipe, and buttermilk hush puppies tend to taste richer.

Hush puppy batter mixed up in a glass bowl.

Mix the ingredients together and place the batter into the freezer for about 10 to 15 minutes so it can firm up a little, which makes it easier to form the hush puppies.

Add Vegetable Oil to the Skillet

Heat up the oil in the skillet while the batter firms up in the freezer. Turn the temperature to medium to medium-high.

The oil needs to get to 365-degrees to fry the hush puppies.

Hush puppies frying in an iron skillet.

Once the oil is ready, spoon out a little bit of the batter and roll it into a ball about one-inch thick.

Hush puppies frying in a frying pan.

The hush puppies will puff up when they hit the oil and start cooking, so be sure not to make them too big.

I learned the hard way by making the little puppies too big and they puffed up quite large and the insides really didn’t cook all the way.

So, the next time I made the hush puppy mix, I rolled them much smaller since they grow in the cooking oil.

Hush puppies frying in a skillet.

Once you see the bottom of the hush puppies turning brown, and it only takes a few minutes, go ahead and flip them over so the other side can cook.

Hush puppies frying in a skillet with oil.

Cook the other side of the Jiffy cornbread hush puppies until they are crispy.

Hush puppies draining grease on a paper towel.

Finally, take the hush puppies out of the cooking oil, allow them to drain on a paper towel lined plate, and they are ready to enjoy!

Let the deep fried hush puppies cool for a minute and serve warm.

You can either use a fork or a slotted spoon to remove the hush puppy fried bites from the hot oil.

Jiffy Corn Muffin Mix

Jiffy mix is a fantastic base for the hush puppy recipe.

If you’re looking for budget-friendly ways to make side dishes, using Jiffy mix is a great way to do that.

It’s very inexpensive and you can make a large variety of recipes with it.

Hush puppies stacked in a basket

Jiffy Hush Puppies with Corn

If you love to add corn to your hush puppies, it’s an easy addition to the recipe.

Simply add one can of cream style corn, and reduce the amount of buttermilk to 1 tablespoon, because you will already have a lot of moisture from the cream corn.

If the batter seems dry, just add a little bit of buttermilk at a time until it reaches a consistency that is easy to roll and fry without falling apart.

Optional Ingredients:

  • Garlic powder
  • Onion powder
  • Chili powder
  • Cayenne pepper

Add Some Variety to Your Hush Puppies

  1. Cheesy Hush Puppies:
    • Add grated cheddar cheese or another favorite cheese to the batter. The cheese will melt inside the hush puppies as they cook, creating a gooey and delicious center.
  2. Bacon and Jalapeño Hush Puppies:
    • Mix crumbled cooked bacon and finely diced jalapeños into the batter for smoky and spicy flavors. These are perfect for those who enjoy a little heat in their hush puppies.
  3. Sweet Corn Hush Puppies:
    • Add fresh or canned sweet corn kernels to the batter for sweetness and extra texture. This adds a delightful contrast to the savory hush puppies.
  4. Herb and Garlic Hush Puppies:
    • Add fresh herbs like chopped chives, parsley, cilantro, and minced garlic into the batter.
  5. Spicy Cajun Hush Puppies:
    • Enhance the batter with Cajun seasoning, chopped green onions, and a pinch of cayenne pepper for a spicy kick. Serve these with a zesty dipping sauce for extra flavor.
  6. Dill Pickle Hush Puppies:
    • Finely chop dill pickles and mix them into the batter for a tangy and crunchy twist. The pickle flavor pairs well with the cornbread base.
  7. Shrimp and Creole Hush Puppies:
    • Add chopped cooked shrimp and Creole seasoning to the batter for a taste of the bayou.
  8. Ranch Hush Puppies:
    • Incorporate dry ranch seasoning mix into the batter to give your hush puppies a zesty ranch dressing flavor. Serve them with a side of ranch dressing for dipping.
  9. Green Chili and Pepper Jack Hush Puppies:
    • Mix diced green chilies and shredded pepper jack cheese into the batter. These hush puppies will have a slightly spicy and cheesy profile.
  10. Sweet Potato Hush Puppies:
    • Grate some cooked sweet potato into the batter for added sweetness and moisture. This creates a unique hush puppy variation with a hint of autumn flavor.

Hush Puppy Dipping Sauce

There are a lot of sauces to choose from out there to serve with your side dish, so the options are endless.

Julia’s Simply Southern has a recipe for old fashioned tartar sauce. Or, give her red remoulade sauce a try.

More Delicious Recipes

Add Chick-Fil-A Coleslaw to your table, as well as an easy recipe of deviled eggs.

If you’re cooking for a group, Crock Pot macaroni and cheese is another great side dish to serve with the hush puppies.

Roasted red potatoes are another delicious addition to the table.

Are hush puppies the same as cornbread?

Hush Puppies are lightly baked cornbread with crispy exterior and soft dough on the inside. Serve with fish, fries, cooked shrimp, or barbecue.

How can I spice up my cornbread mix?

Warm and spicy: You can add half a cup of diced jalapeños or one teaspoon of crushed red peppers to the batter.

You can also add three tablespoons of chili paste for a spicy or sweet and spicy flavor.

What is the difference between a fritter and a hush puppy?

Hush puppies are usually savory and are often served alongside seafood or other fried dishes.

Fritters are usually made into a flat round shape and are made using white flour, where hush puppies are predominantly made with cornmeal and rolled into a ball.

Hush puppies in a basket sitting next to a sweet onion

Check out the Jiffy cornbread hush puppies card below, grab those ingredients, and start cooking! I love this recipe and I think you’ll love this one, too. 

Then, share your comments below and share a picture of your hush puppies on the Pinterest Pin!  If you made any changes or added something different, be sure to share it with us.

Hush puppies in a basket sitting next to a sweet onion

How To Make Hush Puppies with Jiffy Mix: A Quick and Easy Recipe

Yield: 24
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

It's a great day to learn how to make hush puppies with Jiffy Mix, and this is a super easy recipe that is perfect for barbecues, parties, and potlucks. 


  • 1 box Jiffy Corn Muffin Mix
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup self-rising flour
  • 1/4 cup sweet onions, diced
  • 1/3 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 2-4 cups vegetable oil for frying (enough for about 2-inches of oil in the skillet)


  1. Firstly, add the Jiffy Cornbread to a large bowl.
  2. Secondly, add the egg, self rising flour, sweet onion, buttermilk, and salt to the bowl and mix well.
  3. Place in the freezer for about 10-15 minutes while the oil heats up in the skillet.
  4. Heat the oil in the skillet.
  5. Roll the hush puppies in small balls about 1-inch in diameter. Place in the oil and fry until golden brown, flip over and cook the other side until golden brown.
  6. Remove from oil and place on a paper towel to drain grease.
  7. Serve and enjoy!


Create small balls when rolling the hush puppies because they will puff up once they start cooking in the oil.

The oil needs to get to about 365-degrees to fry the hush puppies.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 5 Serving Size: 4
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 296Total Fat: 12gSaturated Fat: 1.8gUnsaturated Fat: 6.4gCholesterol: 39.6mgSodium: 588mgCarbohydrates: 40gFiber: 2.5gSugar: 1.8gProtein: 6.8g

Nutrition is approximate.

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  1. A cornbread mix is a perfect way to make hush puppies. These look so good!

    1. Julie Pollitt says:

      Hi Carlee! Thank you so much!

  2. Miz Helen says:

    Your hush puppies look so good, I can almost taste them! Hope you are having a great week and thanks so much for sharing with us at Full Plate Thursday and come back to see us soon!
    Miz Helen

    1. Julie Pollitt says:

      Hi Miz Helen! Thank you so much and I always enjoy coming there to visit on your blog!

  3. You had me until I read the calorie count for 1 little hush puppy. What in the world????? That has got to be wrong. I realize the Nutritional Information is approximate, but 659 calories for ONE hush puppy? There’d be hardly any calorie allotment left for a dinner entree, other sides, dessert, and beverage! And a lot of leftover hush puppies even if each person at dinner had two of those calorie bombs. Could you check if there indeed is a typo? I’d appreciate it, as I am sure would others.

    1. Julie Pollitt says:

      Hi, Yes, there was an error there – and a high calorie one! I went to the nutrition site and looked it up. That would be sad to not even be able to eat one hush puppy! I fixed the nutrition amounts, but they are still approximate. Thanks for pointing that out!

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  7. Can these be baked rather than fried?

    1. Julie Pollitt says:

      Hi Sherry,

      I have not tried to bake them, but you could certainly try. I think they would still come out delicious. If you do try, let me know how they turn out!

    2. @Julie Pollitt, Thank you! Will give it a go!!

      1. Julie Pollitt says:

        You’re welcome!

  8. Could you make these in an air fryer?

    1. Julie Pollitt says:

      Hi Teri, I haven’t tried them in the air fryer, but I bet you could. But, they will be a bit messy in there. Let me know if you try it!

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  12. Hello. Do you know if the leftover batter can be frozen

    1. Julie Pollitt says:

      Hi Becky,

      I haven’t tried freezing it before, but it’s worth a shot. I’m thinking it would work. Let me know if you try it!

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  14. I made these for a fish fry we had at our house over the weekend. They were absolutely perfect. They were light and fluffy on the inside and had a perfect crunch on the outside. I didn’t have buttermilk so I used 1/3 cup milk + 1 tsp vinegar. We used the fish cooker to fry them and needed to turn the temperature way down so the outsides didn’t burn. Thanks so much for the recipe.

    1. Julie Pollitt says:

      That’s great to hear! Thanks so much for sharing. And, thanks for the tip on the milk and vinegar!

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  16. On the Jiffy Hush Puppy recipe you did not mention the grease temperature to fry the hush puppies???

    1. Julie Pollitt says:

      Hi Karen, I would put it on medium. If that doesn’t get quite hot enough, I would move it up to medium-high. The oil needs to get to about 365-degrees.

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  18. Michael Robinson says:

    Sounds like you might have eaten at the Hungry Fisherman

    1. Julie Pollitt says:

      Hi Michael, I haven’t eaten there. Where is the Hungry Fisherman?

    1. Julie Pollitt says:

      You’re welcome!

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  23. Gary Strader says:

    Can these be cooked in an air fryer

    1. Julie Pollitt says:

      I’m not sure. I haven’t made them in an air fryer. I would think they might be too runny to put in the air fryer.

  24. I love hush puppies and using Jiffy mix cuts down on prep time. I lived in Florida for 17 years and all of the seafood establishments served them with powdered sugar sprinkled on them. Had my doubts but after trying one I never eat them any other way and they are delicious with New England style clam chowder. Red Lobster served hush puppies before they changed to those terrible cheese biscuits – wish they’d go back to the hush puppies.

    1. Julie Pollitt says:

      I have never tried them with powdered sugar, I will have to try!

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  27. I woke up craving hush puppies something awful but they aren’t sold anywhere near me. I used just the milk, no vinegar and omitted the onions because I don’t like them, and it still turned out delicious! Nice and crispy on the outside, fluffy on the inside. We’ll definitely make these again!

    1. Julie Pollitt says:

      That’s great to hear! So glad they turned out great!

  28. This recipe is similar to my mom’s recipe. Could they be made a day ahead and drain well. Put in fridge over night since we are doing a fried fry. Thank you for the recipe.

    1. Julie Pollitt says:

      Do you mean in liquid form or cooked? I am not sure what you mean by “drain well.” They are best eaten freshly cooked. However, if you have an air fryer you can heat them up quickly and they will be crisp on the outside.

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    1. Julie Pollitt says:

      Hi Penny, you’re not doing anything wrong. If you sign up for the content you will see the recipe. And you will have access to everything. You can cancel at anytime and it’s all free!

  30. I tried making these but they fell apart and cooked too fast on the bottom. I might have had better luck if I floured my hands. They looked terrible but they certainly tasted great.

    1. Julie Pollitt says:

      Did you put the batter in the freezer for about 15 minutes? That will help, too. Glad you liked them!

    2. @bobbe711, I have never used my hands to roll them into a ball. I simply use a spoon, dip it into the oil and scoop up a heaping amount and slide it out of the spoon into the grease with my finger. You can also use a small ice cream scoop.

  31. I don’t have self raising flour can I use all purpose flour instead.

    1. Julie Pollitt says:

      Hi Sandra,

      You can make the self-rising flour at home. One cup of all purpose flour, 1-1/2 teaspoons of baking powder, and 1/4 teaspoon of salt will make self-rising flour. Whisk it all up and you’re ready for making hush puppies! You won’t need to use all of it, but you can get what you need out of that. Hope that helps!

  32. I didn’t like them. I followed the recipe but I just used a little bit of yellow onion. That’s all I did different.they browned up real nice but… yuck. Too sweet! I won’t use ANY hush puppy recipe with jiffy mix that’s for sure. They must have put a ton of sugar in that box. Sickening!

    1. Julie Pollitt says:

      Hi Seri, sorry to hear you didn’t like it. Some people don’t like the touch of sweetness in Jiffy, but some love it.

    2. @Seri, I sometimes add about a cup of corn meal mix into this mixture and add a small egg to it. I also add course pepper to the mix. It balances it out so that it is not too sweet for those that don’t care for the sweetness.

  33. Cindy Nicholson says:

    Something worth trying – add cream corn to your recipe! It is delish 😃 I just go by what looks right in my mix.
    It’s really good!!
    Blessings to you!

    1. Julie Pollitt says:

      Oooh yeah. Cream corn is always a good thing. Thanks for sharing!